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Assessing the season

A slick  season ticket pack has now arrived.  It reprised encounters of yore with teams we are facing this season in the championship. For Ipswich we went back to the 10-1 thrashing, except that Graham Leggat ‘s hat-trick was in four minutes, not three. As for the getting ‘nowhere near the 49,000’ that packed into the Cottage for Millwall, I can recall 45,000 for the visit of Manchester United. This would not have happened on Dennis Turner’s watch. The Chairman was ambitiously optimistic but we would not have minded a bit of humility, something like ‘learning from mistakes’.

We were all disappointed to see David Stockdale go. Apart from anything else, he was Hull’s keeper in their  promotion season and must know the division well. With Steve Sidwell gone we have lost two of the big-hearted men. I had a chat with a long-serving fan who bemoaned the absence of big Dan Burn. His stint at Birmingham and his promising opening games made him look a more than useful asset for this campaign . One of the criticisms of Magath is that he chops and changes too much and does not know his best side. Players were in one week, like Lewis Holtby, and out the next. Fitness levels will be high and seven new additions have been made in a revolving door of  pre- season. I noticed in the chairman’s address in the package that that old favourite ‘sustainable’ was there and you can be sure they will be seeking to offload as many of their high earners as they can. Even with a few departures our squad looks the strongest in the division, but teams with a strong esprit de corps like Burnley and Brighton, have shown that this vital ingredient is as important as playing resources.

About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts

3 Comments on Assessing the season

  1. down_by_the_river_thames // July 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm //

    Speaking of which, what’s the latest with Big Dan Burn? Yours is the first word I’ve heard of him all preseason. COYW, frogman

  2. Jax de Ville // July 29, 2014 at 4:43 pm //

    RE: Magath quote on Dejagah’s exit announcement.

    What do you reckon “It will always be our policy to have players who are committed to the Club and have a desire to work for the common goal.” means?

  3. Jax de Ville // August 4, 2014 at 10:52 am //

    Alan, wazzup with McCormack? He’s playing even less than Mitrouglu. Go figure.

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